BILL DIAMOND

  • FROM : USA

Bill Diamond is a technology executive and Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years experience in the fiber optics and optical communications industry.  Bill joined the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA in June of 2015 where he currently serves as its President and CEO. 

In addition to a background in fiberoptics, Diamond spent more than a decade in x-ray and semiconductor processing technologies.  His industry background spans the spectrum from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 multinationals, with responsibilities ranging from engineering and operations to sales, marketing, product management and CEO positions. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales for Oclaro, Inc. where he led the company’s penetration in optical networking of the rapidly-evolving Web 2.0 Data Center market. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Product Management for optical networking subsystems, culminating in the successful divestiture of several of these businesses to II-VI. He was also CEO of WaveSplitter Technologies, raising over $75M in investment capital for the company’s development of optical waveguides in one of the world’s first 8-inch Silicon PLC wafer fabs. He also held CEO positions at DenseLight Semiconductor in Singapore, and Xradia, Inc, (now part of Zeiss) in Concord, California where he led a team that developed the world’s highest resolution X-ray microscopes, as well as manufacturing the only commercially available zone-plate lenses for focusing X-ray beams.

Diamond spent 6 years with the Optoelectronics Business Unit of AT&T Microelectronics (subsequently Lucent Technologies) leading the company’s expansion into the fast-growing European market before returning to the US to head up marketing and product management globally. In 1999, Diamond was part of the executive team for the successful IPO of E-Tek Dynamics and subsequent $15 billion sale of the company to JDSU. He also  spent 6 years as President of Comet Technologies; the US subsidiary of Comet A.G. in Switzerland, a manufacturer of RF Power supplies  for semiconductor processing tools and X-ray sources and systems for industrial and security applications.

Diamond holds a B.S. in physics from Holy Cross College and an MBA from Georgetown University